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Emma is a neuroscientist working in the Dementia Research Institute investigating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. She works with Induced pluripotent stem cells, differentiates them into neurones and conducts high through-put CRISPR/Cas9 screening to look for novel genes which maybe affected in these diseases.  Of particular interests are genes involved with mitochondria-ER contact sites and how dysregulation can lead to neurodegeneration. Her aim is to understand more about the potential druggable modulators of mitochondria-ER contact sites which will hopefully lead to novel drug targets and treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. 

In addition to her research Emma is highly active, running 3-4 times a week as well as playing for a local netball team and learning self-defence in the form of Japanese Jiu jitsu where she is currently working towards becoming an instructor.

Emma is at the Department of Neuroscience, Dementia Research Institute